Contact Us

Contact Us 2018-08-28T15:26:46+00:00

To contact us by phone, dial (425) 822-7161 followed by the extension to reach the appropriate staff member. View our office hours.

Executive Director

Kelly Dylla
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Kelly is a teaching artist and musician, and business-minded arts leader with expertise in audience and community engagement. From 2012 – 2015, Dylla was the vice president of education and community engagement for the Seattle Symphony. Prior to this post, she led the Pacific Symphony’s audience engagement program. Kelly was also teaching artist for major arts institutions including the Lincoln Center Institute and New York Philharmonic. A graduate of The Juilliard School with a master of music in viola performance, she also holds a bachelor of music from Rice University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Education Director

Ashlie Beach
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As the Education Coordinator for the Kirkland Arts Center, Ashlie connects students with instructors, facilitates intraoffice communication and events, and generally keeps the office running smoothly using positive psychology and neurolinguistic programming.  She joins us after having spent the last twenty years in non-profits serving youth and education, including extensive volunteer work at Perinatal Support Washington, and on the boards of her children’s co-operative and public schools.  She graduated from Boston University with degrees in Art History and Philosophy, and studied towards a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Virginia, where she was a teaching instructor and researcher.  She enjoys cooking (but not baking), spin class, yoga, creative writing, and abstract painting.

Development Manager

Amanda Reeves
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Amanda graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in Global Development after deciding she could teach herself Art History (she’s still working on that…). After working in community outreach and development with other nonprofits, she realized she couldn’t shake her love of art. She is excited to see both passions meet in her role at KAC. She enjoys dabbling in a variety of mediums, most recently linocut prints and large-sized mixed media paintings. Perhaps most of all, she loves the conversation art inspires and thinks of art as a very big, long table with plenty of room. In her spare time, she enjoys crossword puzzles, being outside, and learning to country dance.

Education and Gallery Coordinator

Geneva Baldauf
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Geneva moved to the Seattle area shortly after graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 2015 with a BA in Liberal Arts. Being an artist and looking to further her career in the visual arts, she volunteered to be a Gallery Assistant at the Kirkland Arts Center while working at the Seattle Art Museum. Dedicated to bringing accessible and engaging artwork to her community, Geneva has found a home as Exhibitions and Education Coordinator over a year later.

Senior Ceramics Technician

Pat Colyar

Pat Colyar is the Senior Ceramics Technician at the Kirkland Arts Center and she has taught ceramics since 1988. She enjoys helping people learn about the joys of clay work while discovering their own abilities. She specializes in making functional ceramic ware and two-dimensional wall pieces and sells her work through various local galleries.

Gallery Curator

J. Gordon
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He has been coordinating exhibitions and art events for over 15 years, and before leaving the Mid-Atlantic in 2014 held the position of Curatorial Associate at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Gordon currently teaches Drawing courses at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and is represented by Gallery 110 in Pioneer Square.  He earned his Masters from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, and his Bachelors at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

Assistant Ceramics Technician

Robert Wetherington

Marketing Coordinator

Margarita Wilde
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Margarita earned a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington. Her passion for ceramics and volunteering at nonprofits led her to KAC at first as a student and eventually as staff. She enjoys working in marketing and learning something new every day.

School and Community Partnerships Manager

Kaitlyn Wittig Mengüç
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Kaitlyn is a performance artist, teaching artist, and a puppet and mask maker originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the Kirkland Art Center, Kaitlyn worked in Corvallis, Oregon and developed arts programming for individuals considered to have intellectual and developmental disabilities. A passionate advocate for cultural equity, she is also a co-author of a landmark research report, Figuring the Plural: Needs and Supports of Canadian and US Ethnocultural Arts Organizations.